World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son, Sergio Martinez held his final media day on Monday afternoon ahead of his upcoming world title defence this Saturday, and the most eagerly anticipated boxing event of 2014 against three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto. Hundreds of media members and even more fans turned out Modell’s Sporting Goods flagship store in Times Square, just blocks from where Martinez will meet Cotto on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, to get a glimpse of Martinez. The Argentine answered questions for the media before performing an intense 30-minute workout, which showed the champion to be in absolutely phenomenal shape ahead of his upcoming title defence.
Following his work out, Martinez sat and signed autographs and took photos with every single one of his adoring fans that had come out to show their support. Martinez has a warning for the challenger, “This is the best training camp that I have ever had in my entire career. I said it before and I am saying it again, there is no possible way that Cotto will make it out of the 9th round.” However Freddie Roach is predicting a KO victory for Cotto, something which Martinez is simply laughing off, “Freddie Roach is excellent at telling jokes and this is one of the best jokes he has ever told.”
Cotto (39-4, 31 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has sold more tickets to The Garden than any other fighter in this millennium, will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010. Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.